Francesca Lanzavecchia is an Italian born designer who is now one half of Lanzavecchia + Wai, a creative collaboration with her and Hunn Wai. Prior to that, the designer created an interesting project entitled Proaesthetics, which contains Orthosis, Canes & Crutches, and Back Braces. Meant to explore the relationship of user and producer of these devices for the disabled, each piece is a way to open up discussion and to learn to cope with “disability, illness, and human frailty.” The pieces are thought provoking, and most definitely, conversation starters.

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Hooky – hooks allow necessities to be within reach

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Pronto – cradles your phone, perfect for our modern dependencies

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Splintool – no words necessary!

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Little Black – perfect complement to the little black dress

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Bone – bone-shaped cane

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Exo-Hip – a replacement hip joint repurposed as a walking aid

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Protraction – crutches worn like a sleeve and made to look like an extension of user’s arm

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Tea-Time – a cane / table

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Polly – brace for a young girl where she can store her favorite items

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Lingerie – brace outfitted with a lacy pattern to help with inhibitions

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Corset – combination of a traditional corset but imprinted onto material with leather accents

Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia in style fashion main art  Category
Platform – gentleman’s brace that holds all his accessories